Thanks to all who contributed to
the TIA Connectivity Jam

TIA would like to thank you for your participation in the 2017 Connectivity Jam. We would like to invite you to take a moment to complete our conference evaluation feedback. Your feedback will enable us to better meet your needs. This evaluation will take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Thank You for your collaboration!


Watch for the Key Takeaways Summary and Outcomes Report! 

On Monday, June 5, TIA's new CEO Wes Johnston kicked off the Connectivity Jam - a new concept in executive collaboration. The content-rich, music-themed "Jam" was carefully organized to create value for attendees in three distinct ways:

  1. Enable more intensive business networking through active speaker and attendee engagement

  2. Establish a continuum of year-to-year discussion on top industry challenges and solutions

  3. Produce tangible key takeaways through a post-event Report

With the help of Susan Johnson, who leads  AT&T's Global Supply Chain, and Chris Drake, CTO of iconectiv  Wes Johnston recognized the innovation our industry, teaming with Tech Titans, Tech in Motion and other DFW tech to highlight  start ups and innovators of connectivity. 

Tuesday morning, the Jam opened with an exciting keynote panel highlighting the exploding reliance on connectivity networks of TV and entertainment, featuring Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications, Richard Friedel, EVP and General Manager of Fox Networks Engineering, Brad Wall, SVP of Network Operations at Disney/ABC and Kevin Gage, CTO and EVP of Strategic Operations at ONEMedia. The panel was followed by a pointed discussion on the burgeoning challenge of filling industry jobs given concerning trends in demographics, by Dr. Tassu Shervani of Southern Methodist University. We then split into three groups to jointly debate needed industry response to the challenges in Network Infrastructure, Next-Generation Network Operations, and the Internet of Things. 

Mike Poth, the CEO of FirstNet, gave the luncheon keynote on what it will take to deliver the first nationwide broadband network dedicated to America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical services. This groundbreaking initiative launches new investment in critically needed communications infrastructure through a dedicated, interoperable network and ecosystem enabling first responders to better communicate and collaborate across agencies, jurisdictions and geographies.

TIA's analyst partner, IDC, then led us through interactive conversations and captured the takeaways to be delivered back to attendees in the form of a post-Jam Outcomes Report.

On Wednesday, Crown Castle's Rebecca Hunter moderated a Smart Communities on the challenges and customer expectations of smart cities - an important area of focus for TIA. The experts included Trey Bowles, Co-Founder and CEO of Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Kate Garman, Innovation Analyst from Kansas City, Mo., Nuray Gokalp, Founder of Global Tech City (who joined via Skype), Bruce High, CIO of Harris County, Tx., and Hogden Mainda, VP of Electronic Power Board.

Panasonic's EVP of Sensory Solutions Don Szczepaniak gave sports fans a view of the perfect stadium experience as he described how the Internet of Things is changing lives and day-to-day living. Dileep Srihari of TIA discussed the state of our policy for our industry as relates to the current administration in Washington. And an industry legend, Tim Harden, recently retired AT&T leader of Global Supply Chain, along with Doug Moore, EVP and COO of Fujitsu Network Communications and Kanchana Raman, Founder and President of Avion Networks, offered leadership lessons to thrive for our transforming marketplace.

By all accounts, everything came together during the IDC Analyst Panel on Wednesday, which wrapped up what the three IDC leaders had learned from the previous day's discussions. Susan Schramm, CMO of TIA moderated the conversation with John Jackson, Carrie MacGillivray and Ghassan Abdo, during which the audience was able to hear how each of the three previous days' discussions tackled the challenges for each stream (Transforming Mobility Infrastructure, Operating Next-Gen Networks, and Connecting the Internet of Things).

Wrapping up the day were keynotes by Juliet Shavit on the role of music and virtual reality in the market focus of IoT, as well as a critical discussion led by Brenda Boehm, TIA's Chief Strategy Officer, on Security. Matt Mackie, Cybersecurity Officer of Carnegie Mellon's CERT, Brian Sanders of the United States Secret Service, Jeff Schilling, CSO of Armor, and Jeff Shaffer of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Chris Drake of iconectiv all contributed.

The final touch was a Lean Forward Diversity Panel during the closing reception, discussing the need for diversity in the technology workforce and the critical importance of encouraging youth to enter tech jobs. The panel was hosted by TIA's Brenda Boehm, and included Maurita Coley Flipin, EVP and COO of MMTC, Tanis Cornell, Owner of EWF International, Nancy Ridge, EVP of Telecom Brokers, Betty Manetta, President and CEO of Argent Associates, and Tina Hampton, Founder and CEO of the Tina Hampton Consulting Group.

What's next? Attendees came away with new friends and business connections, and a sense that together, we are able to achieve real results as we navigate both the challenges and opportunities of the Network of the Future. TIA and AT&T also announced that they would co-host events in 2018, with more information to be released in late 2017. 

To Panasonic, TIA's Host Sponsor, IDC, and all sponsors, speakers and attendees, TIA expresses its heartfelt appreciation and thanks for helping to make the Connectivity Jam a success.

Who's Jamming?




(Retired) President, Supply Chain and Fleet Management


mike poth


FirstNet - First Responder
Network Authority

juliet shavit


SmartMark Communications

Dr. Tassu Shervani

Professor, Cox School of Business

Southern Methodist University

don szczepaniak

EVP, Sensory Solutions Group

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company


Future of TV Panel

Transforming the Connectivity Infrastructure is one of three main themes at the Connectivity Jam. Join the Jam's opening day keynotes to hear media executives from Disney, Fox, Imagine Communications, Microsoft, ONE Media and Viacom as they discuss their infrastructure challenges in this "Future of TV" keynote panel.

Charlie Vogt (Moderator)


Imagine Communications

Richard friedel

EVP & General Manager

FOX Networks Engineering & Operations

Kevin Gage

EVP, Strategic Development & CTO

ONE Media

Brad Wall

SVP, Network Operations

Disney/ABC Television Group


Jamming with the Analysts

susan schramm (moderator)

Chief Marketing Officer,
SVP Membership


Ghassan Abdo

Research Vice President


john jackson

Research Vice President 


john jacobs

Vice President, Market Intelligence
& Research


carrie Macgillivray

Vice President, Mobility & IoT



Leadership Lessons to Thrive in a Transforming Marketplace


(Retired) President, Supply Chain and Fleet Management


Doug Moore

EVP & Chief Operating Officer

Fujitsu Network Communications

Kanchana Raman

Founder & President

Avion Networks


Jam Participants


Engage in One or More "Streams"
that Fit Your Business Priorities

The next few years promise a whirlwind of change in the way information and data move from one place to another. TIA offers paths to preparing for the new 5G environment, while at the same time managing legacy systems.

  • Licensed/Unlicensed Spectrum
  • 5G, 3G and XG
  • NFV, SDN
  • Backhaul
  • DAS & Small Cells
  • Cloud & Data Centers
  • Towers and Antennas
  • Fiber and Cabling
  • Streaming Media

Optimize end-to-end service delivery to enhance the efficiency, interoperability, and monetization of current and next-gen networks. TIA orchestrates collaboration to build successful operational models that meet established system performance requirements.

  • Addressing Complexity
  • Open Source & Standards
  • Supply Chains
  • Operationalizing Virtualized Environments
  • Workforce
  • Assessments & Metrics
  • Benchmarking
  • Service Chaining
  • Integrating Legacy & New
  • Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Intelligence

Building a world of true interactivity among people and the devices they use promises to remake every aspect of the supply chain and everyday life. The potential for a massive impact on end-users makes IoT the hottest area of interest in the industry.

  • Smart Communities
  • Connected Vehicles, Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Smart Homes
  • Energy, Oil & Gas
  • e-Retail, eHealth
  • Edge Devices

Cutting across all three streams are ROI, SECURITY, and VIRTUALIZATION - topics everyone cares about. Key takeaways will be captured in the post-Jam Outcomes Reports.

Thanks to the TIA Advisory Group!

These industry leaders were instrumental in helping to define the critical connectivity issues and challenges that their companies and customers are facing. Their participation in the TIA Advisory Group was invaluable in organizing these issues in the three streams of infrastructure, operations and Internet of Things. Find out more about participating by contacting Taly Walsh, VP, Marketing & Networking, TIA

Accelerate Your Business Success ... Join the Jam
Why it's Worth Your Time

  1. The Jam nurtures an intimate setting with lots of dedicated networking time.
  2. Jam and exchange ideas and experience with other invited peer business and tech executives.
  3. Carriers, mobile operators, data center executives, decision makers for enterprise, analysts, hardware, software, cloud and solutions providers come together to explore 360-degree views of pressing challenges.
  4. IDC, TIA's Official Industry Analyst Firm for the Jam, will moderate and capture key takeaways from the discussion.
  5. The Smart Cities Breakfast, Chief Security Officer Roundtable, and Startups Competition add extra excitement.


How Will You "Play"? Check Roles


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Peer to Peer Connectivity


Listen to Some of Last Year's Conversations at the TIA NOW Studio